Textiles and Factories

Fisk-Arkwright-1998

Frisk starts off the article by telling us that Richard Arkwright is usually credited with revolutionizing the technical basis of cotton production between 1768 and 1792, turning it from a cottage industry to a worldwide proportion. Arkwright was also called the “founding father of the Industrial Revolution” and “father of the factory system” because he…

Fisk, “Arkwright”

In the reading, “Arkwright: Cotton King or Spin Doctor?” Karen Fisk looks critically upon Richard Arkwright’s influence on the textile industry, as well as the evolution of the industry itself. First, who is Richard Arkwright?  Sometimes referred to as “’founding father’ of the Industrial revolution” or “father of the factory system,” Arkwright was a trained …

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Textiles and Steam Engines

Pages 73 to 101 in Cardwell’s book “Turning Points in Western Technology” provide a detailed description of how the steam engine was invented and maximized for efficiency and how textiles production was mechanized for the industrial revolution. Cardwell first talks about early attempts to mechanize spinning. This mechanization process was introduced with inventions such as …

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